WildResearch's mission is to build, train, and educate a community that contributes to conservation science.

Our Impact Why We Exist

We believe that community is the cornerstone of effective conservation science because it motivates and empowers people to contribute, and it’s fun too!

Our Story What We Do

At WildResearch, we develop and run citizen science programs because it enables us to conduct conservation science research while offering skills to our membership, and engaging the public with the nature around them. Our programs are developed and run by the WildResearch Board of Directors, a group of dedicated professional biologists and graduate students who have the skills and knowledge to develop innovative and impactful citizen science programs. WildResearch programs simultaneously provide our volunteers with hard-to-obtain skills in conservation science, so that they can go on to conduct their own research. All WildResearch programs and events are run on a volunteer-basis with the help of occasional seasonal employees.

WildResearch Nightjar Survey VolunteerOur Programs How We Do It

WildResearch's innovative programs are each designed to achieve three goals: 1) to contribute to conservation science; 2) to provide training and education in conservation science; and 3) to conduct conservation outreach. In the South Okanagan Similkameen, our main focus is the WildResearch Nightjar Survey, which collects data on a group of birds of conservation concern. Nightjars are understudied due to their nocturnal habits, and several species are listed under Canada’s Species at Risk Act. Under the WildResearch Nightjar Survey, citizen scientists across conduct nocturnal road-side surveys for Common Nighthawks and Common Poorwills. Data collected by the Nightjar Survey provides a baseline for population monitoring and is used for research on habitat associations and nightjar study methods. By participating, citizen scientists learn how to identify nightjars, conduct bird surveys, and can also receive training in bioacoustic analysis, which is a new method in ecological research. Community members can also join us at one of several training and orientation workshops each June, and receive a bi-monthly newsletter on nightjar conservation. concern.

Our other core programs currently include the Iona Island Bird Observatory, and the Butterfly Atlas. 

Common Nighthawk nestlingWhat You Can Do

Join us to learn more about the nature around you and to contribute to conservation! Visit www.wildresearch.ca/get-involved/ to explore the many ways to get involved. Check out our nightjar survey program and adopt a survey route to help us learn more about nightjar biology in the South Okanagan Similkameen area. Visit www.wildresearch.ca/programs/nightjar-survey/volunteer/ or email us at nightjars.bc@wildresearch.ca.


Elly Knight
Charitable Number: 845638006RR0001

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Finance & Governance

Annual Operating Budget: 
$ 65,000